Tottenham has revived its hopes of beating Arsenal to the final Champions League qualification position by overwhelming the fierce North London rival 3-0, their biggest derby win since the 1980s.
- Two goals to Harry Kane and a third to Son Hueng-Min has taken Tottenham to fifth, one point behind Arsenal and automatic European qualification
- The 3-0 result is the biggest win for Spurs in the North London derby since 1983
- Arsenal saw out the final hour of the game with 10 players after Rob Holding was sent off in the 33rd minute
Harry Kane scored twice — including one from the penalty spot — and Son Heung-min added the other just after half-time in Thursday’s crucial clash as the race for European places comes down to the wire.
The win moved Tottenham just a point behind fourth-placed Arsenal, which had centre back Rob Holding sent off in the 33rd minute when they were 1-0 down.
There are two games remaining for each team and fifth-placed Spurs have what looks an easier finish to the season than Arsenal.
While Spurs face two of the bottom four — Burnley and already-relegated Norwich — Arsenal must travel to Newcastle before a home game against Everton.
Arsenal was responsible for its own downfall, with full back Cedric Soares barging into Son at the back post for the penalty that Kane rolled into the corner in the 22nd minute.
Holding, already booked for pulling back Son, then opted to stick out an elbow to block off the South Korea forward rather than track his run following Eric Dier’s ball over the top of the Arsenal defence.
Holding connected with the face of Son — who slumped to the ground — and was shown a second yellow card in the 33rd.
It got worse for Arsenal four minutes later when Son swung over a corner from the right, with Rodrigo Bentancur heading the ball towards goal, and Kane stooping to head home at the back post from barely a metre out.
Son moved one goal behind Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the race to be the league’s top scorer by curling home the third goal from inside the area in the 47th minute.
Son has 10 goals in his past eight league games and is on 21 for the campaign, his best yet for Spurs.
A miserable evening for Arsenal was capped by defender Gabriel hobbling off with an apparent right hamstring injury.
With Holding suspended and Ben White only fit enough to make the bench after a recent injury, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s central-defensive resources are being stretched at just the wrong time.
Manchester City and Liverpool are already sure of being in next season’s Champions League, while third-placed Chelsea is set to join them, sitting four points ahead of Arsenal and needing one win from their remaining games against Leicester and already-relegated Watford.
It means Arsenal and Tottenham look to be battling for the final spot in a race that should go down to the final day of the season.
Tottenham arguably could have won by more to boost their already-massive goal difference over Arsenal, but it remains in fifth with the Gunners still in the driving seat in the battle for fourth place.
The gap between them is now only one point with both sides having two games remaining.
Arsenal face Newcastle United away and Everton at home while Tottenham host Burnley and finish at relegated Norwich City in the penultimate round of the season.